What is Reformer Pilates?
Pilates on a machine! The reformer machine (also known as a reformer bed) allows for an almost unlimited range of exercises, which help to develop all over body strength and definition. The great thing about this fantastic piece of equipment is that it can be used to add extra challenge to any exercise or to enhance flexibility and mobility.
You can lie, sit, kneel or even stand on the bed. There is a sliding platform, also known as a carriage, which is connected to the frame by a series of springs. Each spring can be adjusted to provide different levels of resistance. On a reformer bed, you’ll also find an adjustable headrest, suspension training loops, and a footbar. When practising Reformer Pilates, we often make use of a Pilates ring, block, ball and resistance bands – there’s almost no limit to what you can do in a Reformer Pilates class!
Is it right for me? A base level of fitness is required, along with some knowledge of how to engage your core – but do not worry, we are here to help you! Pilates is about control and strength, so we spend time developing and improving posture and technique. We offer alternative exercises in each session to cater for those wishing to change intensity at any point.
What will it be like? A great vibe, wicked tunes, and loads of fun! The warm-up focuses on breathing to activate the core. Classes are free-flowing and designed to work you hard. We challenge your spine to work in all of its planes of movement, as well as mobilising important areas, such as your hips and ankles. Expect to leave with an all-over body burn, along with stronger, lengthened and leaner muscles.
What are the results and benefits of Reformer Pilates? You’ll notice a significant improvement in your core and flexibility. As Reformer Pilates works with resistance, you can expect to see a difference in your overall strength. There really isn’t a single muscle not engaged in a Reformer Pilates class! Your posture will improve; you will become leaner and more toned. The exercises and workouts at Refresh are designed to ensure you see and feel progress; building recovery and mobility into every segment of the workout.
Flex or Dynamic Pilates?
Flex is great if you are new to exercise, suffer from back pain, are injured, or simply feel the need to stretch and mobilise the body. Learn how to activate those deep inner core muscles, also known as ‘the powerhouse muscles’ and receive the support and guidance to ensure a safe and effective workout. Exercises are slow and controlled in a relaxed environment. Flex is a routine accompanied by clear and simple instructions, with a focus on Joseph Pilates’s primary breathing techniques.
Flex is by far the best remedy to reducing back pain and recovering from injury. If you want to lengthen your muscles or are searching for help with recovery, Flex is also a great workout for a rest day. Let your muscles heal and enjoy the tranquillity of these classes!
Our Dynamic classes are not for the faint hearted! Come along to work every muscle group under time and tension. We challenge your body to perform at its best. Expect a range of full body movements from pulsing, to holding and breathing through pain. All movements flow into one another and by focusing on breathing, the words of the instructor and trusting your body, you’ll feel stronger at the end of each session.
Dynamic Pilates requires a good level of strength and understanding of core engagement. Our instructors are incredibly welcoming, helpful and genuinely want you to make the most of each class. They help with everything, from teaching you the best breathing techniques, to balancing the carriage when squat pulsing.
Who is Reformer Pilates for?
Pilates is for all: whether you run, swim, lift, dance or play another sport. Pilates is the ideal form of exercise to support and strengthen your performance for any training. Why? Because it engages and trains your deep core muscles which are fundamental to all exercise. Men and women of all ages will benefit from Pilates exercises, because they ensure our muscles and joints move in the ways they are designed to. Pilates leaves you feeling energised, focused and calm, hence it complements all forms of exercise, whilst being a fabulous source of strength in itself.
At Refresh Health Club, we ensure you experience an intense and highly effective workout tailored for you. Whether you attend a private or group session, your workout will be yours and we ensure you push your body to full capacity and in turn, progress. Our private sessions come with consultations, short and long-term goals where we guarantee you’ll see a difference. Our group sessions will make you feel both confident and comfortable. By following our guidance, tips and advice, you’ll begin to notice a difference in just a few sessions. All that said, why not come and experience the Refresh Health Club and Bar?